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De civitate Dei (1475)

Author: St. Augustine
Publisher: Venetiis: N. Jensen
Year: 1475
Language: Latin
Book contributor: University of Toronto - Kelly Library
Collection: toronto

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A native of France, Nicolas Jenson was one of the most important printers operating in Venice in the fifteenth century. Between c.1470 and 1480, Jenson produced around 150 books including the 1475 printing of St. Augustine's "De Civitate Dei" or "The City of God." The quality of Jenson's books influenced greatly the revival of fine printing in Britain in the nineteenth century. The great British typographer Stanley Morison (1889-1967) once said that Jenson produced "the perfect book of the period." This digital copy from the John M. Kelly Library at St. Michael's College in the University of Toronto is the oldest volume in the Kelly library's collection.

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Reviewer: csb99 - - May 6, 2007
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Exactly my point . Watermarks are applied to all newly scanned books ."it would be a tragedy to deface such a thing in such a way "
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Perhaps things have changed between April 23, 2007 and today (May 6, 2007), but I just downloaded a PDF copy of this text and I cannot see a single watermark whatsoever as csb99 previously complained about. Maybe this watermark exists in another version of the text but I can say for certain the PDF version is perfectly clean, both in the on-screen view as well as a hard copy printout.

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